Question Of The Year: Should Guardiola Call It a Day at Barca?

Saed Khatib@saed_khatibContributor IDecember 23, 2009

PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 01:  Josep 'Pep' Guardiola coach of FC Barcelona looks on during the international friendly soccer match against Los Angeles Galaxy's at the Rose Bowl on August 1, 2009 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Achievements that many managers have failed to deliver in a long span of time have been accomplished in Guardiola's first season at coaching.

After 2 years of trophy drought in the Catalonian based club the board and fans demanded titles, and the pressure was on Guardiola to deliver what's expected of him.

 It started by attaining the Copa del Rey, with a 4-1 triumph over Athletic Bilbao.

After a season were Barca have proved to be the best in Spain, ending all the criticism produced by the press due to their disastrous campaign back in 2008, won La Liga after playing football that has been a joy to watch by fans worldwide.

The UEFA Champions league 2009 winner was going to gain the entire spotlight. Both Barca and Man Utd needed the win to complete a historic treble for the first and a repeat of the deed for the latter. Barca were going inside the match with 3 out of their 4 starting defenders missing, so it was going to be a difficult task compensating the absences.

But Guardiola, who obviously built a vast sum of determination in his squad, managed to win with a 2-0 score line that secured a historic treble for the Blaugrana.

 All this in his first year. It didn't end at only that.

A fine 5-1 aggregate win for the Catalans in the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao signaled the fact the Barca are still the dominant force in Spanish football.

A late goal by Pedro in extra time saw them win against Shakhtar, crowning them as the 2009 European Super Cup champions. This signaled the fact that they're still Europe's finest.

Guardiola wrote his & Barca's name in the history books with flair, after turning a 1-0 defeat to a 2-1 victory against Copa Libertadores champions Estudiantes de La Plata accomplishing the biggest feet in European history, winning all six possible titles. They’re arguably the best in the world at the moment.

Pedro, only at the age of 22, has written his name in history after accomplishing what many big names have failed to do, and that is scoring in each and every single competition that Barca has won this year.

Now after I stated all of this information, which most of you probably know, I come to the main point of the article: It’s only been a year and a half with Guardiola assuming the realm at Barcelona and already has done what great managers in the course of history failed to carry out.

He has won all 6 competitions available, all in his first year, so basically he has killed his career at the beginning of it, and has nothing new to win at the club level if he wishes to remain in Spain.

However he will stay until the end of the season, and there is no reason to think otherwise, and the Spaniard can accomplish 1 more exploit that will increase his rank as a history man. Being the first team to win the UCL(in its new version) for 2 consecutive years.

In case he pulls that off, I think its better for him to step down as not only Barca's coach, but from coaching in La Liga. It's better for him to coach abroad, perhaps show us his abilities with more perspective by winning the Premierleague or the Calcio, it's better for his growth and development as a coach.

Or perhaps coach the national side if Vicente del bosque team fails to secure good results in WC 2010. A big quantity of the Spanish National squad consists of Barcelona players so it wouldn't be a bad idea taking charge there. He could win a World Cup or a Euro competition making his record as a manager even better.

 So its your call people. What do u think is best for the future of this promising manager?